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Latitude: 52.4368 / 52°26'12"N
Longitude: -3.9062 / 3°54'22"W
OS Eastings: 270515
OS Northings: 283795
OS Grid: SN705837
Mapcode National: GBR 90.MLWG
Mapcode Global: VH4FG.70TT
Entry Name: Blaen Cwmsymlog Lead and Silver Mine
Scheduled Date: 27 December 2001
Source ID: 1697
Cadw Legacy ID: CD201
Schedule Class: Water Supply and Drainage
Period: Post Medieval/Modern
Traditional County: Cardiganshire
The monument consists of Blaencwmsymlog lead and silver mine, which was operated in conjunction with Cwmsymlog, immediately to its west. Together they were among the most important lead and silver mines in Wales, described by Lewis Morris in 1747 as 'the richest in lead and silver of any in His Majesty's Dominions'. The veins were probably worked in prehistoric or Roman times and the mine is well documented from 1585, when the Mines Royal Company began operating here, to its final closure in 1901. There are several well preserved surface remains and there is potential for important below ground evidence to survive. Features within the scheduled area include Taylor's shaft and waterwheel pit, a major reservoir dam built in 1848, several other shafts, and two ancient rock-cut levels.
The monument is of significance for its remains of a leading Welsh lead and silver mine, for its complex history, and for its excellent documentation. It is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of mining practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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